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March 10, 2011


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Seeing your button photos on ebay reminds me - Jack gave some of my prized buttons away to his kindergarten class! ARGH. I nearly died. LOL

Into Vintage

Were we separated at birth? I painted the entire exterior of my house (walls, trim, moulding, every little doo-hickey) all by myself because with no help. Hiring someone to do it would have been easier (probably cheaper too as this project went on for a quite a while - my tip - do the front first before you run out of steam and annoy your neighbors with your half-painted house) but I wanted the satisfaction of being able to write this extremely wordy comment one day.

The bucket list just got a little shorter.

Maria (Magia Mia)

Oh I know what you mean about doing it yourself. Makes me ill when I hear from my painting clients that, in the past, they paid an interior designer $100 an hour to help them pick out a paint color.....OY! Deciding on colors seems so natural to me, so it's hard to grasp the concept of paying for it. Alternate Universe, indeed!

Oh, and I hyperventilate every time I find vintage horse show ribbons at the thrift stores. Those babies command great prices on Ebay and Etsy, and are truly a sure thing to sell.....

P.S. Ha Ha, go Amy!

Carol @ Old Glory Cottage

Ok, so those horse ribbons are NOT the new kitchen wallpaper. I feel so much better now, because those would have clashed so terribly with all the jadeite!


Well, I've pretty much always had to do everything myself too, and have made do for most of my life, but now and then, one of the younger people in my life needs to earn a little extra cash, so I will hire them do a little something for me, like paint a cupboard. So many young people are having a hard time of it these days. Older folks too, I suppose.

Beth Leintz

I had the same idea- I want new flooring for bedrooms- so I'm selling stuff on eBay. I will have to bring in a professional for this - if Mr Dust & I try to use power tools together...well, it wouldn't be pretty...


I nearly panicked when I saw those ribbons. I thought you either (a) broke into my home, or (b) found my secret source.... And don't get me going on DIY—emphasis on YOURSELF!


In the middle of remodeling the third old house of our married life, I was bemoaning all the horrendous painting chores when my husband informed me, "There are two kinds of people in this world: those who do-it-themselves, and those who hire others to do it for them. We fall into the first category." I guess that's right. We also fall into the cheap category.

Love your blog.


I understand, some of us trade what mattered then for what we want now. Instead of just getting stuff. I think it makes us much more creative. It would be boring to just buy it all :)

I love how you have displayed the buttons on your auctions!


I am a new reader of your blog and I am wondering if you post randomly or on certain days of the week. I so look forward to each and every post!

freckled hen

I'm not sure how I missed this post for a whole week. I suppose I am okay with DIY as long as I don't think about it. Some of my siblings are the type of picking colors and pointing and I'm not sure how I ended up this way. When I am on top of a ladder praying for my life it feels silly but when everything is done and tip top it makes me so happy.
Love the ribbons!

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